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Review: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

Talk about a book I’ve been looking forward to for about five million years. Not really. But seriously, I’ve been looking forward to Eva Evergreen since it was announced and I only finally got to reading it. Aren’t I the worst? Keep reading this book review to see how it finally measured up!

Summary

Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic…

Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it’s a simple enough test:

ONE: Help your town, do good all around.

TWO: Live there for one moon, don’t leave too soon.

THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.

The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep.

When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her “semi-magical fixes” repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva’s bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she’s grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.

Review

I cannot get over how charming and precious Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is. Full of strong “Kiki’s Delivery Service” vibes, if you love that movie, you are going to need to buy yourself a copy of this whimsical middle grade. Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is whimsical and detailed. The setting comes alive before your very eyes and I could practically smell the sea breeze. While I adored the world building – Flamefoxes meets the concept of making up original rhyming spells – the characters are what stole the show for me.

At the heart of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is a story about believing in ourselves. Eva has a tender and caring heart, but believes her magic isn’t strong enough. Abe tells a story that illustrates how important it is for people to believe in us, but also for us to believe in ourselves. As Eva gets to know the people in the town, readers witness that there’s more than one way to solve a problem. The story, and the character of Eva, should not be underestimated.

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch is an emotional and thrilling story about the impact we make, the intention behind our actions, and the power of individuals coming together. Find Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.

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